Having found very cheap flights from Birmingham to Dubai ~£17 I quickly made a plan to climb some middle eastern high points. I booked flights for the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. All good or so I thought. I had a layover in Sofia, Bulgaria on the way to Dubai but when on the bus at the airport gate heading to the aircraft we were stopped and returned back to the gate. The flight was delayed due to a technical problem. After several hours this delay turned into a cancelled flight and a night in Sofia before another flight to Dubai the following day meaning my plan to climb the UAE high point was not possible and all I could do was head to the other airport in Dubai for my flight to Bahrain.. Not a good start at all.